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Sir George Trevelyan made a poor and vague speech, con-

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sisting in considerable part of an attack upon Lord London- derry; but the sensation of the evening was the speech of the Parnellite leader, Mr. J. Redmond, who, while declaring...

Mr. Balfour brought in his Bill for the Local Government

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of Ireland on Thursday, in a strong speech, necessarily encumbered with detail, and interrupted by the unmannerly outcries of the Irish Opposition. We have dealt with the Bill...

Monday night's 'debate in the Commons on Mr. Sexton's Home-rule

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amendment was a very remarkable one. Mr. Sexton, who had previously elicited by a question to the Irish Secretary, Mr. Jackson, that no Irish land had been purchased under the...

To this appeal Sir William Harcourt gave no kind of

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answer. He absented himself from the House, indeed, for a large part of the evening after Mr. Redmond's speech, though his English followers were most anxious to hear his reply....

As might have been expected, both Clericals and Jacobins were

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furious with the Bill, which on Thursday was denounced both by the Radical leader, M. Clemenceau, and the Clerical spokesman, M. de Hun. The Premier, M. de Freycinet, made but...


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T7 De Freycinet Government has fallen. On Friday veek it published the great Bill by which it intended to give itself absolute power over all Associations not purely industrial...

-*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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It is to be hoped that the Evidence in Criminal

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Cases Bill which the Lord Chancellor has reintroduced will be passed into - law this Session. It allows, but does not force, prisoners to give evidence, and also allows, but...

A dinner given him by the Constitutional Club on Wednes-

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day, enabled Mr. Balfour to make the speech with which, but for the snap division, he would have concluded the debate on Monday. It was a fighting speech of some bitterness and...

The Gladstonians are making a great effort to " capture

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" London by the old means,—public meetings, platform ad- dresses, and speeches from leading men. Sir George Trevelyan and Sir William Harcourt have recently ad- dressed...

The Duke of Devonshire on Wednesday made a valuable speech

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to the Rural Labourers' League, which held its third annual meeting at the Westminster Palace Hotel. After some well-merited compliments to the founder of the League, Mr. Jesse...

There seems to be a widespread prevalence of distress from

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drought this year. The Russian famine is due primarily to' that cause, and distress from want of water is now reported from Galicia. The droughts in the drier sections of Aus-...

It is stated that the late Mr. W. H. Smith,

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though he had to support the rank of a Cabinet Minister, and was a man of most liberal disposition, left behind him, besides large estates, personalty valued at 21,700,000. The...

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At a meeting of the Ulster Members on Tuesday, Colonel

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Eaunderson and his colleagues passed a resolution strongly urging the Government " to confer upon the Chief Magistrate of the City of Belfast the style and title of Lord Mayor."...

The extravagance of IL Mercier, the Premier of; French Canada,

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was not, it appears, confined to his dealings with;con.- tracts. M. Hall, the Treasurer of the Province, declares that during his five years of rule, the Debt increased from...

In Monday's Daily News, Mr. Clifford, of Charlbury, Oxford- shire,

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gives a most interesting account of his town. It con- tains 1,500 inhabitants, and covers 2,700 acres. These are owned, not by one big man, but by 152 small ones. Some 110 acres...

Mr. Wigham Richardson, in his address to the North-East Coast

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Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders, reported in the Newcastle Daily Journal of Monday, noticed a new method of smoke-consumption which may be of the utmost im- portance....

Sir Provo Wallis, Admiral of the Fleet—the naval rank equivalent

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to that of Field-Marshal—and the senior officer in the Navy, died at his house near Chichester on Saturday, having attained the great age of one hundred years and ten months....

The deaths from influenza in London during the week ending

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last Saturday were down to 183, as against 314, 436, and 506 in the three preceding weeks. The deaths from diseases of the respiratory organs, which had been 1,465, 1,162, and...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (2!) were on Friday 951.

At a meeting of the Royal Statistical Society, held on

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Thursday at the Museum of Geology, Jermyn Street, Mr. Price, the Treasurer of Oriel, gave some very curious figures, drawn from the College accounts, as to the extent of the...

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T HE introduction of the Bill to regulate Associations is quite the most remarkable thing that the Third Republic has done. There has been no such open attempt to restrict the...


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MONDAY NIGHT IN THE COMMONS. T HE Irish speeches of Monday night in the Commons, with Sir William Harcourt's remarkable conduct on that occasion, and even more remarkable...

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W E can see no reason in Mr. Balfour's speech on his Local Government Bill, to modify the attitude we have consistently maintained towards that measure. The Bill is a very good...

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THE INDIAN LEGISLATURES. T HE Bill for improving the Indian Legislative

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Councils will, of course, pass the Lords ; but when it reaches the Commons, the representatives of the India Office will have to be very careful, and to speak out a little more...

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W E are quite as anxious as Mr. Seale-Hayne can be that the ranks of the Justices of the Peace shall not be closed against any class or sect, and that the appointments shall not...

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W E wish Sir Mountstuart Grant-Duff would not pack his thoughts so closely, but remember that recoil from verbiage is not of itself eloquence. He has got into a habit of...

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T HE announcement that the Joint Gresham Committee has consented to co-operate with the promoters of the intended Albert University introduces a new and im- portant factor into...

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M RENAN, with his exquisite style, his great though • inaccurate knowledge of Jewish and Christian his- tory, and his gentle regretfulness, or affectation of regretful- ness,...

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T T is generally held that the true basis of politeness is kindliness of heart, good temper, and benevolence of intent. "Politeness is real kindness kindly expressed," so runs...

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T HE spectators of Henry VIII. at the Lyceum have an unequalled opportunity for entering into the spirit of a play which must often have recalled to its readers, till they were...

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LORD CANNING. [To THE hinToR 07 TEE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I thank you for the insertion of my letter relative to. Lord Canning, in the Spectator of February 6th, and must ask for...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF TIM " SPZCTATOR."] Siu,—In the careful and sympathetic review which you have been good enough to publish of my "Customs and Lore of Modern Greece," one or two...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " 11/PECTATOE.") SIR,—I heartily concur with some of your remarks in the Spectator of February 13th upon this question. Certainly the clergy do not cease...


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[To THE EDITOli OF THE " BRECTATOR."1 Sra,—I have read with much interest your article bearing the above heading in the Spectator of February 13th, and especially the part...

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DARKNESS AND LIGHT. OVER the kingdom of the ancient isles, Isles of the Shamrock, Thistle, and the Rose, On alien regions, on the hoary world, A shadow deep of pestilence and...


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OF THE " EPECTATOR."1 Sin,—In your recent and very brief notice of the above work —which, allow me to say, is a book of more than seven hun- dred pages—you characterise the...


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THE HISTORY OF DAVID GRIEVE.* BRILLIANT as two-thirds of this story are, the whole is not a single work in the sense in which Robert Elsmere was a single work. In Robert...

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MIRABEATJ.* [SECOND NOTICE.] GABRIEL HONORE, Comte de Mirabeau, came stormily

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into the world at Bignon, his father's favourite home, in March, 1749, tongue-tied and with a twisted foot, but vigorous and with two teeth already formed. He was the fifth...

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THESE volumes, though marred by great defects in literary taste, are worth reading. And it is very necessary to say this at starting, as a reader who opens them casually may...

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ONE of the least successful of some very interesting essays by Mr. Marcus Dods has been chosen by him to give the title to his volume. The picture of Erasmus as a man, indeed,...

THE HISTORICAL MANUSCRIPTS COMMISSION.* IN spite of recent agitation, which,

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by an intermittent appeal to history, may have awakened or revived interest in the story of the closing years of the eighteenth century, it cannot be said Oat, outside of Mr....

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A Sweet Girl-Graduate By L. T. Meade. (Cassell and Co.)— We do not hesitate to say that this story is better worth reading than nine-tenths of the tales that are published. Its...

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Memorials of the Rev. John Frederick Stevenson. By his Wife.

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(J. Clarke and Co.)—We may commend this volume to our readers. Dr. Stevenson's name must be known to many of them. He was a Nonconformist minister (as a Baptist first, and...

Glimpses of Nature. By Dr. Andrew Wilson. (Chatto and Windus.)—Dr.

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Andrew Wilson's work in the popularising of natural history is so well known and 83 much appreciated, that it is scarcely necessary to do more than describe some of the contents...

Some of Sh2kespeare's Female Characters. By Helena Faucit, Lady Martin.

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(Blackwood and Sons.)—This is a "new and en- larged edition" of a valuable and interesting book. "Helena Fancit " has done good service to the English stage in many ways, and...

Capital, Labour, and Trade, and the Outlook. Plain Papers by

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Margaret Benson. (S.P.C.K.)—Miss Benson writes some admirable, sensible papers, exposing a number of fallacies which have a kind of perennial existence—as, e.g., that...

Delicate Dining. By Theodore Child. (J. R. Osgood, llicIlvaine, and

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Co.)—We are sorry to confess our ignorance of the name—P. Z. Didsbury—which should, it seems, be a recommendation to this volume. But that it is the work of an expert and an...

A History of Tithes. By the Rev. Henry W. Clarke,

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B.A. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—Mr. Clarke's book bristles with statements, historical, social, political, and financial. We have not space to deal with them. But we may take...

Home Gymnastics for Young and Old. By Professor Hoffman. (Rautledge

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and Sons.)—The title of this book, coupled with the name of the author, will commend it to readers. Mr. Hoffman is an expert, and his subject is of importance. Gymnastics that...

The New Empire. By 0. A. Howland. (E. Arnold.)—Mr. How-

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land writes in the interests of the Imperial Unity of Great Britain and its Coloni es . He. regards the, problem from the Canadian paint of view, and maintains with much...

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The Crystal Hunters : a Boy's Adventures in the Higher

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Alps. By G. Manville Fenn. (S. W. Partridge and Co.)—Mr. Manville Fenn can do one thing well, and that is, describe life on the outskirts of civilisation; rough life, not of the...

TALES.—My Land of Beulah. By Mrs. Leith Adams. (Methuen and

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Co.)—This is a love-story of a not unusual pattern. A single- hearted young woman, and a friend who is certainly not so, are the leading characters. A cloud arises between the...

The Secret of the Magian ; or, the Mystery of

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Bcbatana. By A. Laurie. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Mr. Laurie's style and treat- ment of his subject remind us very much of M. Jules Verne. We have the same scientific precision, the...

Dare Lorimer's Heritage. By E. E. Green. (Hutchinson and Co.)—This

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is a well told story, the story of a headstrong, pas- sionate boy, whose heritage of temper works against him through his life,—sometimes, indeed, nearly ostracising him...